Hollywood and Beyond

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Hollywood and Beyond

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module will focus on the history, context and development of cinema from its
    origins in pre-cinema to the present day. Though it will have a particular focus upon
    Hollywood, the module will also explore the interrelationship between Hollywood and
    other national film industries and movements.

    The approach is broadly historical/chronological, with the module surveying not just
    Hollywood but acknowledging the interplay between its national and international
    context and competitors. To this end it will explore how classic Hollywood, (a period
    roughly spanning the 1920s to the 1950s) emerged from a variety of aesthetic and
    national traditions in silent cinema, the studio system?s eventual decline in the late 50s
    and the experimental and commercial variants of New Hollywood post 1967.

    The module will also examine future developments within and beyond cinema located
    within a technologically mediated, global market place. The module studies both the
    social and history context that underpinned these institutional arrangements and some
    of the films and genres it produced.

    Autumn Semester topics:
    ? Silent Cinema: Attractions & origins
    ? Silent cinema: Birth of the industry
    ? D.W. Griffith
    ? Cecil B. DeMille: Epics & Sex comedies
    ? Silent comedy
    ? Sex icons: Valentino, Garbo
    ? Studios: Paramount
    ? Studios: Warner Bros, social Concern, gangsters
    ? Studios: Columbia
    ? Genres: Musical

    Spring Semester topics:
    ? Politics of mass culture
    ? Orson Welles
    ? European influences
    ? The Western
    ? Melodrama
    ? Documentary
    ? Hollywood Auteurs
    ? New Hollywood
    ? Independents
    ? Blockbuster & Contextual readings
    ? Recycling genres: pastiche & postmodernism

    Teaching: Weekly 2 hour film screenings, 1 hour lectures and 2 hour seminars.

    Assessment: STUDY OPTION 1:
    2. 3,000 word essay

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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